When I was first learning to paddle a long time ago, I was teaching at a University. Although I had the option to have summers off, and did the first couple yrs, the $ incentive to
teach in the summer is often too much to turn down esp. since
the pay for teaching is so pathetic. One could certainly turn
it down, but you really need to have your priorities in order.
It would, however, pay alot more than most jobs in the whitewater field for sure. On the other hand, with 2 yr./AA deg. nursing schools, one could work and make good money and then quit in the summer. Not too impressive on a resume, but again, depends on your priorities. There are also agency type jobs where you'd take assignments only during nonsummer months!! Nursing jobs pay quite well, you can almost always relocate and men are def. not uncommon in the profession anymore...